MGE: The Harry Waugh Dessert Room in Tampa


The Harry Waugh Dessert Room, 1208 South Howard Ave, Tampa, FL.  Inside Bern’s Steak House.

Bern’s Steak House is notably one of the best Steakhouses in the nation. On the second floor of Bern’s Steakhouse, is one of the best dessert rooms in the world! If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a sugar high…or a sugar coma, or always think about dessert before you order dinner, then The Harry Waugh Dessert Room is for you! It is magic.

You enter the steakhouse lobby to a 2 story entry of rich reds, mirrors, and smoldering atmosphere. After checking in (you need a reservation), you are instructed to walk through the restaurant, past the glassed-in kitchen, to the stairway (to heaven)…otherwise known as the steps to the 2nd floor. Greeted at the top, you are whisked away through wooden passage ways, noticing that every table has its own walled cubby. Ah-mazing! As I am seated, I am handed a bible sized dessert menu. Yes, it will blow your mind. Desserts, dessert wines, cheeses, …anything you ‘d wish for. On the wall is a phone with a direct line to the wait staff, and your own selection of music. Fabulous!

Perusing this menu was so entertaining. I didn’t really have to hem and haw over anything, I knew going in what I wanted. Chocolate all the way, baby! I grew up with chocolate malted, not Hershey syrup, but the jar of powdered chocolate malt for milk. Bringing back sweet childhood memories, I ordered the mega Malted Chocolate Cake. It wasn’t just cake. It also came with a mini chocolate malt, and a malted chocolate mousse.  Oh Mama….this was tremendous. The cake…made with Valrhona chocolate crème, dense chocolate cake, and malted marshmallow crème icing. Hold me. The malted chocolate mousse was phenomenal, but the mini chocolate malt was freaking unbelievable! I wanted more! Everything was garnished with the tiniest malted milk balls I have ever seen….and oh so wondrous. This dessert was a chocolate lovers dream.

Also ordered was the Vintage Chocolate Lush Sundae. A flourless chocolate lush cake, topped with their dreamy homemade ice cream,  fresh whipped cream, chocolate shavings, a strawberry and a side of hot fudge. What more could you want?! Dense, extremely chocolately, and fantabulous! Their dessert menu is overwhelming because everything looks like you want to dive into it ASAP.

Whatever your after dinner treat looks like, you can definitely find something at the Harry Waugh Dessert Room that will make you do cartwheels.

Reservations needed.

Hours for the Harry Waugh Dessert Room: Sun – Thurs 6:00pm to 10:30pm, Fri and Sat 6:00pm to 11:30pm.

5 out of 5 points for an exceptional experience. Food, atmosphere, staff. Perfection!

Mad Girl Eats Chocolate Bar in Cleveland


Chocolate Bar, 347 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114.

Headed to the cute Gateway resto, shopping, entertainment district in downtown Cleveland, I got out of the cab, turned, and saw Mecca. The Chocolate Bar. Ahhhhhhh (insert heavenly angels singing). Ok, dessert spot, done.

Hurry up and find some dinner and let’s get to dessert ASAP. Surprisingly, Chocolate Bar has a huge menu. Lunch, dinner…crazy! I’m sorry, but when I see a place called Chocolate Bar, I’m going in for a chocolate dessert or a chocolate martini. Leave the salad or chicken to someone else.

A lush offering on their off-the-charts dessert menu and OMG martini menu. I was on the prowl for decadence. Their Chocolate Dipped Strawberry martini looked fab, but I was hungry for ice cream, so the Peanut Butter Panic was about to go down! A sundae of luscious dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream, homemade hot fudge (dip me in a vat of it, please), chocolate brownie, peanut butter sauce, chocolate pieces, and fresh whipped cream. A bowl of outrageous tastes and happiness….for $8.95.

You may be in a sugar coma after, so drink plenty water, but oh so worth it. Sorry no pic of sundae, dueling spoons threatened to leave me without my fair share. Gone baby gone!

Sexy cool place in the evening. Chocolate fondue for two, sharing dessert makes for a hot date idea.

4 out of 5 spoonfuls of chocolate passion.

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